The Complete Communities Delaware 2012 Summit was featured in the March 14, 2013 edition of Realtor Party News, the bi-weekly newsletter published by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The Delaware Association of REALTORS® co-sponsored the 2012 Summit thanks to a Smart Growth Grant from NAR.
The National Association of Realtors publishes On Common Ground twice yearly to focus on topics of Smart Growth, including enhancing the existing assets of a community, the long-term implications of various development patterns, and the fiscal impacts of these patterns. The following issues focus on:
- Sustainable Housing, including the need for affordable housing
- The New Norm, which describes how the real estate market is evolving toward a new normal marked by growing urbanization, greater sustainability, and more transportation choices
- Placemaking and Economic Development details the economic importance of place and how “placemaking” is being used as an economic development strategy. Cities are finding that providing appealing places where people can interact — parks, plazas, main streets, markets — can spur economic prosperity and jobs.
- Megatrends for the Decade highlights changes in demographics and consumer behavior—characterized as a cultural and demographic shift away from suburban sprawl—that will impact transportation preferences and real estate market demands.
The National Association of Realtors 2011 Community Preference Survey explores Americans’ wants regarding neighborhood characteristics such as proximity to parks and shopping, walkability, and commuting time, and the trade-offs in home type and size that people may be willing to accept in order to obtain those neighborhood preferences.